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Holidays at Walt Disney World Resort
|The holiday season at Walt Disney
World Resort is a magical time where all four theme parks, Disney
Springs and resort hotels come to life with festive decor,
entertainment and other fun for the entire family.
With so much that goes into making the resort sparkle for the
season, here are some fun facts about holidays at Walt Disney World
- The Walt Disney World Holiday
Services team provides decor for 780 locations within
41 different properties, including Disney theme parks,
resorts, recreation and shopping areas. The team also decorates
Disney Cruise Line ships and Disney Vacation Club resorts in
Florida and North Carolina.
cast members work year-round to make the holiday transformation
a reality, with an additional 90 cast members added
during the installation period.
- Decor installation begins
Halloween night and is finished by Thanksgiving.
|The Iconic Trees
- There are 29
custom-created iconic trees, ranging from 15 to 70
feet tall. Trees find their homes at all four theme parks,
select resort hotels and Disney Springs.
- The tallest tree – at 70
feet tall – is located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. The tree
is adorned with 16,000 lights and more than 200
- Stars and toppers for the trees
are up to 7 feet tall and can weigh more than 200 pounds
- 596 smaller trees – ranging from
2 to 14 feet – decorate other areas across Walt
|In the Parks
- New this year, holiday fun will
come to Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Décor
includes a 10-foot-tall Hamm sugar cookie at Woody’s
Lunch Box, green alien ornaments near the entrance to Alien
Swirling Saucers and much more.
- Magic Kingdom Park is decorated
with 590 garlands (measuring a total of 5,188
feet), 40 trees and 147 wreaths.
- Epcot International Festival of
the Holidays includes 12 holiday kitchens serving more than
50 bites from around the world and 60-plus specialty
- The Candlelight Processional
will be performed 117 times at Epcot this holiday season.
It’s also the first year performances will occur on
- At Disney’s Hollywood Studios,
Dinosaur Gertie is dressed in her finest holiday attire. Her hat
is so big, four people could stand inside it!
- Sunset Seasons Greetings at
Disney’s Hollywood Studios includes 12 high-definition
projectors used to visually transform the façade of the
Hollywood Tower Hotel with scenes of
- the season. 21 palm trees
along Sunset Boulevard illuminate with programmable,
color-changing LED fixtures.
- In Disney’s Animal Kingdom,
nearly all lighting decor is LED. The park uses 25,000
C-7 shape LEDs and 40,000 mini-LEDs. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is
also home to 331 garlands and 40 wreaths.
- Disney Springs is the epicenter
of holiday shopping at Walt Disney World. It’s also the largest
of all of the decorated Disney locations, with more than
2,000 pieces of individual decor, including a 45-foot-tall
- Each piece of decor was custom
designed to fit the classic Florida town theme that carries
throughout the entirety of Disney Springs.
- Disney Springs is also home to
the Christmas Tree Trail, a walkthrough wonderland featuring
27 unique Disney trees that include new themes this year
such as Toy Story and The Haunted Mansion.
- This year marks the 20th
anniversary of the classic gingerbread house in the lobby of
Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. The life-size house is
made from more than 10,000 pieces of gingerbread and
requires 560 hours to construct (400 hours to bake and
160 hours to decorate). Located inside is The Bake Shop –
the perfect place to pick up some sweet holiday treats.
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge is
home to a 45-foot-tall iconic tree featuring authentic
African decor and reproductions of traditional African masks.
|Other Holiday Celebrations
- A storyteller on a stage between
the France and Morocco pavilions at Epcot will tell the Hanukkah
story during Epcot International Festival of the Holidays.
- Kwanzaa will be incorporated
into performances of JOYFUL! A Celebration of the Season through
Dec. 25. Beginning Dec. 26, the group will perform a full
Kwanzaa show. The JOYFUL! vocal ensemble performs uplifting
gospel, R&B and holiday songs daily at the Future World Fountain
stage in Epcot.
- Epcot International Festival of
the Holidays celebrates holiday traditions from around the world
through storytelling and music presented throughout World
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